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Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)

Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style.

Pixar, that must be a curse word amongst the people working at Dreamworks Animation. Madagascar and Shrek have been the biggest franchises that Dreamworks have managed to create with the heavy burdon of making something that’s worthy of Pixar’s quality standards.

And whereas Shrek continued to deliver a worser sequel than the one predating it, Madagascar 3: Europe’s most wanted is actually a very capable and loveable movie.
By now, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Chris Rock have all grown accustomed to their roles and it shows in the dialogue. Its fun, witty and the entire story is a rollercoaster from the first minute onwards.

The synopsis tells it all, the gang is still stuck in Africa and wants to go back home to New York. The penguins have made it to Monaco with the promise of picking them up after their little stint there, but ofcourse, them being the penguins, they forget and the gang is forced to go look for them.
When they meet up, they cross paths with miss Dubois, an animal hunter (and implied to be a killer as well) who is looking to get Alex (the lion) for her private collection of animal heads.

After they escape her they are hunted by the police and forced to join a circus, consisting of a new band of merry characters. Introducing them would shorten you of the fun you have when they introduce themselves in the movie, so I won’t. Being somewhat of a penguins fan, I was happily surprised to see the penguins being used solely when the story had a purpose for them, instead of just for cheap laughs.
The movie just oozes fun, and it shows in a lot of the funny and heartwarming scenes it holds.
Whether you are a fan of Madagascar or not, you’ll have a hard time not having a smile on your face when the circus puts on their show and Katy Perry is blasting through the speakers.

There was a time when you could take your family to the cinema and if anything, Madagascar 3 acknowledges this fact and gives the whole family something to laugh at. I’ll state that this movie rivals the 1st one and definitely trumps the second one in terms of sheer quality.
The inevitable 3D is cleverly used and isn’t distracting of the experience at all, so besides the extra dollars you pay for it, it’s definitely worth a visit.

8/10 stars!



One thought on “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)

  1. *Neil*
    Well, I cant disagree more with your write up but having said that its a great read!! Not an enjoyable movie…

    Posted by Last Road Reviews | August 13, 2012, 21:27

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